Knitting a Community

I can't believe it has already been a week since I returned from the Carolina Fiber Frolic.

That is way longer than I like to go between updates. When I was a kid I would have an experience (usually in the form of reading a book), and try to keep anyone else from finding out about it. I was worried that if anyone else had access to whatever it was that this would diminish my enjoyment. I may be an adult, and I may know that this is silly, but I think that same sentiment kept me on radio silence all week.

You see, at the Frolic I found something I am always looking for -- a community. I have this core group of friends that I met in the spring who are scattered around the state. We try to get together every once and a while to hang out and knit, but usually for an afternoon at most. At the retreat, not only did we get to spend a ton of time together, but we also got to add to our group.

I wish I had thought to take pictures, but I didn't. I was too busy hanging out, eating good food, getting inspired, and knitting so much I had to take a few days off when I got back. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, and then I kept laughing. There's something magical that happens when you put a bunch of knitters in the same room. We all just fit. We have vastly different lives, families, jobs, and styles, but we all love to take bits of yarn and turn them into something beautiful. I've tried to find that community here, but my work life makes it very difficult to take that interaction off of a screen. Yet I felt so refreshed after a few days with these ladies that I am going to try harder. If nothing else, that is the lesson I learned from Frolic. To push myself to go beyond my routine of home, bus, and work, and try to make those connections that draw me outside of myself. 

And I did get a wee bit done on Flax.

This photo is actually a few days old, but it is rainy and gross here, so I'll just tell you that I started on the sleeve. I knitted on this almost exclusively, so it'll be a nice reminder of our time. That is if I ever get it done.